Ohio State Beats No. 3 Purdue: Three Things We Learned

Ohio State Beats No. 3 Purdue: Three Things We Learned

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Ohio State Beats No. 3 Purdue: Three Things We Learned


Ohio State went on the road to Purdue, hung around and found a way to steal the game at the end. It was a huge win for the program. Here are three observations.


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Ohio State vs. Purdue: 3 Things We Learned

Ohio State Needs Kam Williams Back

Both Musa Jallo and Andre Wesson were able to hit some key shots from behind the arc, but as a team, Ohio State went just 6 of 18 from three. Purdue left the outside shooters unchecked in exchange for doubling down low and getting an extra man on Keita Bates-Diop.

Not having that pure outside threat left lanes clogged and took away some options on offense for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is just not as dangerous of a team without that extra ball handler and deep threat.

All indications are that Williams may be joining the team next week, and OSU could sure use him. Good job getting by that deficiency in this one, but it could be a problem going forward.

Ohio State Is Nothing If Not Resilient

You watch Ohio State and you scratch your head because it doesn’t seem to be great at any one thing. But this team is a collection of individuals that care about the team and not self-promotion.

This game was far from a beauty pageant, and you kind of feel like the Buckeyes stole it at the end, but they simply didn’t quit. What Chris Holtmann has brought to this club is the understanding that continuing to play the game the right way will generally end up with positive results.

Consider that mission accomplished tonight when Bates-Diop got the put-back winner with just 2.8 seconds remaining. That positive result was a 64-63 win on the road in a hostile environment, against one of the best teams in the country.

These Buckeyes Are For Real

Can we stop waiting for this team to trip over its shoelaces? Yeah there were some ugly losses earlier in the year to Gonzaga, Butler and North Carolina, but Ohio State has continued to get better and better as the season has wore on.

There are some glaring holes on the roster, but the team has a great mix of veteran leadership and young players that have bought into what Holtmann is selling. I don’t know if this team is Final Four worthy, but it is clearly ahead of schedule, and a dangerous team because of how unselfish and unrelenting it plays.

Ohio State is the best story in college basketball this year, and it’s not even close.

 

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